The Q&A Archives: Planting Shallots

Question: I harvested my shallots earlier this summer. Is it okay to plant some of the harvested bulbs for next year's crop? If so, is it best to choose smaller sets like is done with onions, or should I use larger ones? Also, Is it best to plant now or wait until spring?

Answer: In colder winter areas such as yours, shallots are usually planted in the very early spring for harvest about five months later. However, some gardeners will plant them in the fall and protect them under a heavy layer of mulch with good results. You might want to experiment with a few and see what works better for you. A few shallots grown in a pot on the windowsill will also provide onion greens during the winter. You may replant saved shallots provided they are healthy and firm. Usually it is better to replant the best shallots so they will reproduce and provide a better quality crop -- they should be larger than typical onion sets. If you decide to keep some for spring planting, they store best in a cool and well ventilated area.

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